May 9th, 2011 by Gabrielle Martinez · No Comments · Uncategorized

For this blog, I listened to books 1 and 2 of Grieg’s Lyric Pieces. This may be one of those pieces whose subtle nuances escape me, especially because I wasn’t able to find a score to follow along in. None of these little pieces sounded particularly beautiful, extraordinary, or even all that interesting in comparison [...]

Pictures at an Exhibition

May 1st, 2011 by Gabrielle Martinez · No Comments · Uncategorized

I have to admit that before this class, I had never heard of Mussorgsky nor had I listened to any of his music. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect upon listening to Pictures at an Exhibition, but I ended up liking it much more than I thought I would.
The concept of basing each little [...]

Act I of Der Rosenkavalier

April 24th, 2011 by Gabrielle Martinez · No Comments · Uncategorized

When I read on the syllabus that we’d be reviewing Act I of Der Rosenkavalier for this week’s blog, I did a little happy dance on the inside. This opera is one of my absolute favorites. Simply put, it is just absolutely beautiful. It seems like Strauss knew exactly what he was doing when he [...]

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Act III of Wagner’s Parsifal

April 16th, 2011 by Gabrielle Martinez · No Comments · Uncategorized

During any music history survey class, you’re bound to run into Wagner. And though this is my third class in which we’ve discussed him and his music, I’m still not sure whether or not I actually like his music. The concept of a gesamtkunstwerk highly interests me, as I myself have a hard time distinguishing [...]

Act IV of Verdi’s Don Carlos

April 11th, 2011 by Gabrielle Martinez · No Comments · Uncategorized

The term ‘grand opera’ seems to be synonymous with Verdi’s Don Carlos. It is widely thought of to be the best of example of grand opera and also one of the last. Grand opera refers to an opera composed in the 19th century with four or five acts and a very large cast and orchestra, [...]

Fanny and Clara

March 20th, 2011 by Gabrielle Martinez · No Comments · Uncategorized

I got pretty excited upon discovering that we’d be writing blogs about Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel and Clara Schumann this week. As a feminist and a lover of music, it’s always refreshing to see women being represented. In all my time studying music history at Oberlin, we have focused on so few female musicians and composers, and [...]

La Cenerentola

March 6th, 2011 by Gabrielle Martinez · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

My review of this opera is very biased. First of all, I love fairytales. Secondly, I love opera. Thirdly, the title role was written for a mezzo.
What I love most about this opera, though, is how unapologetically comedic it is. Rossini has set a wonderful libretto about everyone’s favorite rags to riches story to [...]

Die Forelle Piano Quintet

February 27th, 2011 by Gabrielle Martinez · No Comments · Uncategorized

Upon reading that we would be reviewing Schubert’s “Die Forelle” this week, I automatically assumed we would be listening to the adorable song with poetry by Schubart. I’ve heard the song countless times, yet I had no idea there was a piano quintet of the same name.
When I think of Schubert, I immediately think [...]

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Beethoven: Missa Solemnis in D minor, Op. 123

February 20th, 2011 by Gabrielle Martinez · No Comments · Uncategorized

Up until today, I had never heard of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in D minor. In general, I am a huge fan of giant choral works like this one. As a singer, I long to wear a ridiculously extravagant dress and sing gorgeous alto solos accompanied by a talented orchestra. Masses in particular draw my attention [...]

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Bored…boring…

February 17th, 2011 by Gabrielle Martinez · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I am sleepy and hungry. If I get to my co-op for lunch and there is no food, I will probably cry and then gorge myself on nachos at Agave. Either way, I think I’d be happy.
Anyway, here’s a video of a dog jumping in water.

And here’s our favorite privilege denying dude:

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